Polonius is a constant source of humor throughout the play with his pomposity, long-windedness and penchant for dispensing platitudinous, unwanted advice. He's also something of a figure of fun to Hamlet, the object of his warped sense of humor:
Excellent well. You are a fishmonger. (act 2, scene 2)
In Hamlet's day, the social status of a fishmonger was lowly, to say the least. It was also a slang expression for a pimp, so Hamlet's use of the word is doubly insulting to the noble Polonius. Later on in the play, Hamlet provides us with more humor at Polonius's expense by getting him to play along with his feigned madness. Hamlet draws Polonius's attention to a cloud:
HAMLET: Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?
POLONIUS: By th' mass, and ’tis like a camel indeed.
HAMLET: Methinks it is like a weasel.
POLONIUS: It is backed like a weasel.
HAMLET: Or like a whale.
POLONIUS: Very like a whale. (act 3, scene 2)
The scene involving the gravediggers provides some much-needed
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